Cushing looked, felt "good" Thursday

The word "good" was tossed around often with regards to Brian Cushing on Thursday.

He "moved around good", according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

Cushing said he was "doing good" and feeling "good" prior to the afternoon practice.

A return to game action for the first time since October 20 looks likely for the veteran inside linebacker.

"My knee's felt great so far and I think all signs point to that," Cushing said. "Any time you get some time off to rest and recuperate, you can expect to feel a whole lot better."

Cushing missed the contests at Tennessee and at home against the Eagles. The three weeks off helped him recuperate from his knee injury.

"I've been able to really focus on rehabbing, getting the area around me knee strong and just getting back into playing shape and feeling good overall," Cushing said. "It's definitely a benefit to me."

He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and Cushing's head coach is looking forward to seeing the linebacker return to the field versus the Browns.

"He just can't wait to play," O'Brien said. "He loves to play. He's a leader of our football team. Like I said, I think he's moved well the past couple of days out there and we'll see how it goes on Sunday."

The sixth-year pro has 50 tackles and a sack this season. He and the Texans will practice again on Friday, before flying to Cleveland on Saturday. Kickoff is at noon CT.

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